Submitted by: David K.
The Drafting Guide:
Written by Prayson
This is a brief drafting guide based on the last open beta patch Paladins
has had: OB70!
Makoa: He has the major ability of hooking opponents that almost guarantees
kill. With the usage of Leviathan, he’ll also have the highest HP ingame
acquire complete CC immunity making his ultimate uncounterable. Makoa goes
around well in all the maps which makes him a general ban or pick.
he requires the highest skills among frontlines so pick him in ranked only
if you’re extremely confident.
Ruckus: Ruckus is what you call a tanky damager. He has the highest damage
potential among all frontlines and might almost always end up with the
damage. He’s recommended in maps where there aren’t much places to hide, so
that you can keep poking your opponents and pressurise them with your
Inara: Inara is overall the most useful frontline a team can have. Her
help her team in combat and she herself takes up lot of damage which inturn
cover to her teammates. She has the highest frontline banrate in below
matches, because her Treacherous Ground talent is considered to be
She’s especially powerful in closed maps, while not a much of a problem on
like Fish Market.
Terminus: Terminus performs extremely well on Brightmarsh and Jaguar falls,
is also the best counter to Inara since he denies any kind of control the
can have. Using Crush talent is most useful and it makes the opponents
of him. However, he should be completely avoided in maps where he would
have to move
around a lot.
Khan: Firing Line is the only talent that should be used with Khan. While
talents are barely useful, this
talent makes him the monster he is by providing
complete CC Immunity. He’s an excellent support tank and is very useful on
where he can make use of his ultimate and commander’s grab, like Frog Isle
Ascension Peak. The only problem with him is he lacks DPS, so pick him only
you feel your team can do neccessary damage.
Fernando: Fernando is the frontline with the best zoning capability, where
can push and harass opponent damagers and also be able to retreat back
With Scorch talent you can punish a grouped up team very hard while also
affecting your self sustain. He’s a must pick when opponents have access to
Terminus or Khan.
Barik: Just like Ruckus, he’s at the 2nd place for being a DPS tank. He
never be picked against area denial damagers: Drogoz, Bomb King, Tyra and
His abilities provide decent crowd control for the team and he has good
sustain. Brightmarsh is the best map for him.
Torvald: Torvald is a tank that made it’s way from top to bottom to top and
back to bottom. While his abilities make him the best support tank by him
the victim and nullifying the flank, he’s still outclassed by other
But again, he’s a whole different champion on Frog Isle so that’s the only
where you must chose him.
Ash: People play her because of the amazing hitbox her left click has, but
other 4 abilities of her are the worst a frontline has. She has a mini ult
fernando and a shield that can be avoided. Her other 2 abilities are
knocking opponents, which makes her a top tier frontline on Frog Isle and
market where you can send opponents flying.
Cassie: Cassie is undoubtedly the best DPS ingame with her Impulse talent.
has a very high damage burst and what makes her special is that the burst
instant. If your team has the first ban, then get her if the opponents
Shalin: Shalin also has a very high damage burst which however isn’t
He’s also the toughest target for a flank to kill, even after the flank
Illuminate. Bigger the map, tougher it gets to deal with him.
Bomb King: He’s the toughest damager to play ingame so don’t play him just
the sake of it. He’s especially effective in closed maps where area control
the major priorirty, like Brightmarsh. He can also 2-3 shot every flank
Buck, so a good Bomb King can always be disruptive.
Strix and Kinessa: These are the only two snipers ingame and it’s really
possible to declare one better than the other. To decide which is better,
must decide which abilities would be more useful: Teleporting and Slowing
Flaring and Shooting. They’re the best 2 picks on Timber Mill, and giving
one of these to the other team without having one of these in your teams
much decides the outcome.
Drogoz: Drogoz can do hell lot of damage, but is a very situational pick.
can have him as last pick if opponents have not more than 1 hitscan counter
him. With Fussilade, he can 2 shot every flank and Androxus is the only
with the potential to directly counter him.
Willo: Willo is another situational pick. She’s highly useful in tight
maps like Brightmarsh and Jaguar falls but is also an easy target to a
Tyra: The same goes with Tyra, except that she’s more of a frontline
and easier of a victim.
Viktor: Viktor has the Hustle ability which makes him no different than a
he can be a major problem with the right build and insane gameplay.
Vivian: Vivian should be picked only when opponents have no flanks and you
your frontlines can provide enough cover to you.
Zhin: With the number of bans he gets, it’s not worth considering that Zhin
exists. He’s the true flank king with 3 survivablity abilities that make
extremely hard to deal with, so yeah pick him if he’s somehow magically not
Androxus & Evie: They’re both high tier flanks like Zhin, but not
be good at them. They require extremely high skills and also have the highest
mobility, the thing which flanks actually need. Noob ones can make you
their moms, pro ones can make you suck their balls.
Buck: Buck is a tanky flank with wonderful abilities that can make him a
the above 3 flanks are the only ones that can outclass him. You need to
both Cauterize and Resilence to effectively counter him.
Maeve: What keeps Maeve at mid tier is her Street Justice talent. She’s
hated in lower tiers where her movements make the opponents get scared but
than that she’s all normal.
Talus: Talus is a bugged champion as of now, you can still chose him if
one target that completely has to be destroyed, but there’s no reason to
him over the above mentioned flanks.
Moji: Moji made her way from the top to the bottom with the cooldown nerfs.
She’s still highly overrated in low tier matches. Moji can be picked in maps
without much high ground.
Skye: You’ll come across people going like “Trust me”. Never
They’ve cursed you with a defeat pre-match. Good skyes don’t exist
they turn good with noob opponents.
Seris: “Ban Seris” is what some people go around saying, you can
that if your team has a skilled Maldamba in it. Seris has wonderful
and an ultimate that makes many other ultimates godlike. She’s a risky pick
when your teammates don’t give a damn about protecting their healer, and
the opponents want is your meat.
Maldamba: For supports, he’s the hardest champion to play. His tool kit
him extremely viable, with 2 abilities meant for healing and the special
to stun after reload. He can even handle flanks in certain cases all by his
Jenos: Jenos is the easiest healer to play, and yet just 1 level below the
other 2. He heals the marked players for 220 health per second, so he isn’t
really the clutchy healer to have. Celestial Touch or Luminary is another
controversial debate for Jenos, and with self damage buff for luminary
luminary is no more the correct answer.
Ying: She’s at the bottom of these 4 main healers, but she has the
to have the same healing as Jenos with her ultimate. Good Yings always buy
Pip: Pip can indeed be a good healer, but that’s in a highly cooperating
that stacks champions on the offense and defense. He’s highly customizable
can be turned into a monster flank in maps with high ground, especially
Grover: With Efflorescence, he can actually have a high healing output. But
again, you’re better off playing him as a sniper on Timber Mill. People
trust you with the healing part.
Grohk: Grohk is a situational pick, you can have a super high impact with
Totemic Ward talent if teammates are super focused on protecting your
But again, that happens only in proplay. Grohk is better off being a
with Maelstrom talent.